Shamma Warrior Sandals

Shamma Sandals Warrior
Shamma Sandals – Warrior model.

Check these sandals out.  Pretty cool.  Even cooler is that I won them!  Yes, me.  The guy who never wins anything won these through a giveaway at a blog I follow.  So, a big thanks to Jeff over at Barefoot Inclined.  I’m not going to write a review of these, just a few thoughts, but you can check out Jeff’s review here.

Let me start out by saying that I’m not a barefoot or minimalist runner, and Shamma doesn’t market these as strictly running sandals, either.  But, I have been leaning toward more basic footwear in general…shoes with less arch support, heel/toe drop and cushioning than normal.  And these are nothing if not minimalist!  So, while I couldn’t imagine wearing these for a run, I can see them getting some use just for general wear.  I have read a lot about the benefits of adding a small amount of barefoot running to your routine, so maybe I’ll try them out for some short “barefoot” sessions.

I did take them on a recent backpacking trip to wear as camp shoes, though.  They worked pretty well, but as you can see from the picture above, they aren’t very cushioned.  That’s not a ding, just a fact.  So, if you’re looking for a relaxing squishy footbed after a long day’s hike, these may not be your best bet.  I  think that these will be my go-to camp shoes for awhile, though.  They were excellent on my feet after about 10 miles of backpacking and trail running.

Shamma Sandals and Injinji socks!
Shamma Sandals with Injinji toe socks!

Check out this fashion statement at camp one evening:

I definitely liked the strapping system, they really kept the sandals in place.  I never had the feeling that they were going to fall off or even that they were getting cockeyed on my feet like I’ve had with other strap-on sandals or flip-flops.  I think I do need to spend a little more time getting the straps dialed in, though.  I got the sandals with the grippy footbed, which worked great even when they were wet and muddy.

One thing that I thought was cool about Shamma’s website is their fitting tool.  It’s an actual size printout of each size of their sandals with markings where the straps attach.  You can get a pretty accurate fitting with it.  I wear an 11.5 in most of my running shoes and ended up ordering the 11.5, which fit pretty well.  I think the 11 would have been a touch small.

Anyhow, just a quick post about the sandals.  Be sure to follow Jeff’s blog and read his review above.  Check out Shamma Sandals’ site, too.